June 1, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Gary Barta announced today that UW has begun a nationwide search for a head coach of the Wyoming women's golf program.
In addition to the change in women's coaches, Barta also announced the restructuring of Wyoming's men's and women's golf programs. Joe Jensen has been elevated from his position of head men's coach, where he has served for the past four years, and has been named Director of both the UW men's and women's programs.
Jensen will remain as Cowboy head coach and will oversee all aspects of Wyoming's golf teams, while the Cowgirl head coach will function primarily with the UW women's squad, also serving as the Assistant Director under Jensen.
Both positions are effective July 1, 2005. The new position of Head Women's Coach is currently being posted and applicants are under evaluation.
"We've set our sights high for every one of the 17 sports we offer," stated Barta. "I want to compete in the Mountain West Conference. We're looking for someone in our women's golf coach who shares that vision, and has the vision and skills to carry that out."
The MWC regularly produces teams that are nationally ranked in women's golf, with six of the current eight member schools sponsoring women's golf programs. The six women's golf programs are: Wyoming, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV. TCU will bring an additional highly-ranked women's golf program to the conference in 2005-06.
The Wyoming women will return sophomore Laura Mengelkamp next year, who won an individual tournament title her freshman year, as well as finishing ranked 14th in the MWC for stroke average.
"I like what Joe Jensen has done for our men's program," continues Barta. "His involvement in the golf course, as well as his knowledge and passion for golf and Wyoming will make this a good fit. Both teams will benefit from Joe's leadership."
In addition to leading the Cowboy golf program, Jensen also manages and is the head golf professional at Glenn "Red" Jacoby Golf Club at the University of Wyoming. Jensen was hired as the UW men's golf coach on Dec. 7, 2001. He is a former member of the UW golf team and a native of Lander, Wyo.
"I'm excited about the challenge of this new opportunity," said Jensen. "I look forward to my involvement with both Wyoming golf programs. Because of my role with Jacoby Golf Course and the facilities both teams share, I think that this is a good match.
"Besides being the head women's coach, the assistant director will be very involved in multiple aspects of Wyoming Golf, including outreach, recruiting, practice and scheduling. I hope that individual will take ownership of both programs."
This past season, Jensen's team continued to be competitive within the Mountain West Conference, had an individual tournament winner, posted a second-place tournament finish as a team, and produced a Golf Coaches Association of America Academic All-American. He has also coached an All-Southwest Region selection, and an All-America Scholar during his stint as the Cowboy head man. His teams twice have been recognized for their efforts off of the course by winning the annual UW Athletics Director Award, which is based on excellence in athletics, academics and community service.
In the spring of 2003, Jensen initiated the UW/Cleveland Golf Cowboy Classic collegiate tournament. The event is held each spring at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and hosts many of the top college golf programs in the country. This past spring, the Cowboys produced their best finish at this event, placing second out of 20 teams.